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Published 12:27 pm Monday, March 6, 2006
By By LYDIA GRIMES – Features writer
The Brewton Council of the Arts will be presenting “Mame”, a play featuring wealth, loss and adventure, on Tuesday at the Jefferson Davis Community College auditorium.
The play centers on wealthy, flamboyant Auntie Mame who finds herself the guardian of her nephew, Patrick. It follows the adventures of Mame as she loses her fortune, goes to work, loses several jobs and marries her wealthy Southern beau, Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside.
She is whisked off to an around-the-world honeymoon, only to lose her new husband when he falls off the Matterhorn. Mame returns to New York as a wealthy widow and gets involved with the love life of Patrick, making sure he marries the right girl.
The story comes full-circle when Patrick and his wife, Pageen, have a son, who at the age of 10, is taken on a whirlwind trip around the world by his Auntie Mame.
The play is only one of several events presented during the year by the Brewton Council of the Arts, and is the cornerstone of this year's presentations.
The corporate sponsors for the 2005-2006 performance series are Bank of Brewton, BankTrust of Brewton, Brewton Medical Center, Citation/Alabama Ductile, Earl H. Weaver Management Services, First Progressive Bank, Hines Realty, The Leigh Place, Natural Decorations, Inc., Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Stokes, Jernigan and Stokes, Surgical Associates of South Alabama and T.R. Miller Mill Company. The programs are jointly supported in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This presentation is based on the 1956 play by Patrick Dennis, “Auntie Mame,” and was set to music by composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, along with playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee who adapted the novel for the Broadway stage starring Rosalind Russell.
Mame ran for three years and eight months on Broadway and set a record for one of the longest running musicals in Broadway's history with 1,508 performances.
The show will be held March 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through members of the Council and at the door. For more information, contact Edna Johnson at 867-2747.